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December 1942 (USA) See more »
A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States. | Add synopsis »
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Van Heflin ... Andrew Johnson

Lionel Barrymore ... Thaddeus Stevens

Ruth Hussey ... Eliza McCardle Johnson

Marjorie Main ... Mrs. Maude Fisher

Regis Toomey ... Blackstone McDaniel
J. Edward Bromberg ... Coke

Grant Withers ... Mordecai Milligan
Alec Craig ... Sam Andrews
Charles Dingle ... Senator Jim Waters
Carl Benton Reid ... Congressman Hargrove
Russell Hicks ... Lincoln's Emissary

Noah Beery ... Sheriff Cass (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Robert Warwick ... Major Crooks
Montagu Love ... Chief Justice Chase
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Secretary

William Farnum ... Senator Huyler
Charles Trowbridge ... Lansbury
Lynne Carver ... Martha Lincoln
Russell Simpson ... Kirby
Morris Ankrum ... Jefferson Davis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Wounded Man (uncredited)
Michael Audley ... Wounded Man (uncredited)
Frank Austin ... Man in Shop (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Captain Reporting Shooting (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Officer on Crutches (uncredited)
Louise Beavers ... Addie (uncredited)
Arthur Belasco ... Demonstrator / Farmer (uncredited)
Harlan Briggs ... Senator (uncredited)
Sonny Bupp ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Senator (uncredited)
George M. Carleton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Senator (uncredited)
Anna Chandler ... Woman in Balcony (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Delegate with Badge (uncredited)

Dane Clark ... Wirts (uncredited)
Davison Clark ... Senator (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Captain McGruder (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Captain (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Senate Spectator (uncredited)
Mark Daniels ... John Hay (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Vice President Breckenridge (uncredited)

Jim Davis ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank Dawson ... Senator (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Man in Shop (uncredited)
Paul Everton ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Christian J. Frank ... Farmer (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Woman at Trial (uncredited)
Albert Godderis ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)

Gibson Gowland ... Senator (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... White House Servant (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... General Grant (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Heckler (uncredited)
Richard Hall ... Andy (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... State Chairman (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Lang (uncredited)
Herbert Heyes ... Senator (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Heckler (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Morley (uncredited)
Harry Humphrey ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Senator (uncredited)
Roger Imhof ... Hannibal Hamlin (uncredited)
John Ince ... Farmer (uncredited)
Bob Ingersoll ... Farmer (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Vice President at End (uncredited)
Gladden James ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Reporter (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Hillbilly (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Jack Kenney ... Confederate Soldier (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Heckler (uncredited)
James Kirkwood ... Senator (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Hillbilly (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Senate Spectator (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ivan Miller ... Delegate (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Clemenceau (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Patsy Nash ... Amy (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Drunk (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Robinson (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Reporter (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Deputy (uncredited)
Lee Prather ... Heckler (uncredited)

Charles Ray ... Senator (uncredited)
Bert Roach ... Drunk (uncredited)
William Roberts ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Guard (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Woman at Trial (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Clerk with Newspapers (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Rat-Faced Man (uncredited)
Hugh Sothern ... Senator (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Doctor (uncredited)
Bob Stebbins ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Francis Stevens ... Admiral (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Man in Shop (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Heckler (uncredited)
Ludwig Stössel ... Austrian Ambassador (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Man in Shop (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Sergeant at Arms (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Warren ... James Patterson (uncredited)
Gayne Whitman ... Man at Trial (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Alderman (uncredited)
Jack Zeller ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
Writing credits
Milton Gunzburg (story) and
Alvin Meyers (story)

John L. Balderston (screenplay) and
Wells Root (screenplay)

Produced by
J. Walter Ruben .... producer
Irving Asher .... producer (uncredited)
Stanley Briggs .... assistant producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
Film Editing by
Robert Kern  (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Lon Anthony (costumes: men)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Malcolm Brown .... associate art director
Hugh Hunt .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Allen Pomeroy .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Sloan Nibley .... technical advisor
Carl 'Major' Roup .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8802)

Did You Know?

This film received its USA television premiere Tuesday 26 February 1957 on KTTV (Los Angeles); its San Francisco television premiere took place 25 January 1958 on KGO-TV; but it was not telecast in New York City until 7 April 1959 on WCBS.See more »
Factual errors: The film erroneously portrays some historical aspects of Johnson's impeachment. The decisive vote against removing the President from office was cast not by an ailing Senator, brought into the chamber at the last minute, who has a sudden change of heart, but by a Republican Senator from Kansas, Edmund Ross, who believed the impeachment articles against Johnson were trumped-up political charges without merit. Also, the name of the Senator who would have succeeded Johnson had he been removed from office was Ben Wade, not "Jim Waters" as named in the movie.See more »
Jefferson Davis:I must pronounce our solemn farewell. Under these circumstances, of course, my functions - and those of my colleagues - terminate here. We but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence - and take the hazard, putting our trust in God, and in our own firm hearts - and strong arms - we will vindicate the right as best we may.
[looking slowly around the room]
Jefferson Davis:I see now around me some with whom I have served long; there have been points of collision. For whatever offense I have given, I ask forgiveness. Of whatever of offense there has been to me, I leave here. I carry with me no hostile remembrance. I go hence unencumbered of the remembrance of injury received, and having discharged the duty of making the only reparation in my power for any injury offered.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
" We hold these truths to be self evident and applies to all men ", 28 April 2011
Author: thinker1691 from USA

The name of this film is called " Tennesse Johnson " and relates the story of the 17th president of the U.S. Van Heflin stars as Andrew Johnson and Lionel Barrymore plays his chief adversary, Thaddeus Stevens. Having studied the life of Andrew Johnson and then watching this Black and White film, I found it to be a shoddy and haphazard biography of Lincoln's successor when the great man was assassinated in 1865. Still Van Heflin's performance produced a superior piece allowing the audience to glean a more sympathetic view of the often fiery and very vocal V.P. Ruth Hussey and Marjorie Main as well as Noah Berry Sr. add to this historical and memorable film. Although a bit flawed, the movie is worth viewing by anyone interested in studying the 17th President of the U.S. ****

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